I saw that a new movie came out called “American Sniper.” Many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have talked highly about the movie on social media and even in the workplace. Some said it was “awesome,” something they, “really got into,” and still others said, “it was an incredible flick.” I had the idea to go see the movie with my wife. But before we go to any movie, we like to check a website called, “Kids in Mind.” This website tells you all about what is in the movie as far as nudity, profanity and the like. When I went to check out this movie, I found that there was plenty of profanity.
But it’s a war movie…there’s going to be profanity right? I understood that idea, but this was the part that really got me: According to the website 7 (SEVEN) different times the Lord’s name is taken in vain by using – GD. There are apparently more than a half dozen more what they claim, “religious exclamations.”
But it’s a war movie…there’s going to be profanity…right?
When I saw that the Lord’s name was taken in vain so many times it really set me back. I was reminded of the passage in Malachi that says, “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect? Says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name.”
What has happened to us that we would actually delight in a movie that takes the name of the LORD and misuses it? Where is God’s honor…IN OUR LIVES? What does it say about our testimony as, “a chosen people…a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) of God when we agree that it is acceptable to take the money that God has given us to steward and use it to hear His name blasphemed?
Please understand me, I am not judging anyone, nor do I wish to point fingers. I will be the first to tell you that I have fallen in this same manner…many times. I guess this is a heart check…for all of us.
But the great thing is that our God forgives. He knows we fall sometimes and with His grace and guidance He helps us back up again.
So what do you say brothers and sisters in Christ? Let’s get back to the place we need to be! Let’s take the Name of the LORD and share it the way it’s intended to be! Let us use His Name in the honor He deserves!